Artist of the Month - Septmeber

The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Lesa Doke of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, for the month of September.

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Lesa Doke is originally from Romeo, Michigan, and resides in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from Eastern Michigan University and her Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Central Michigan University.

Ms. Doke has been exhibiting her paintings and drawings for the last thirty years. She taught studio art classes at Lansing Community College and Central Michigan University for twenty two years as an adjunct professor. Currently, she continues teaching part time at Mid-Michigan College and Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College.

The direction of my current work could be considered as an anthropomorphic evolution of organic/biomorphic elements that resemble combinations of plant, human, animal or insect life forms. Many of my paintings and drawings suggest a humanoid figure that the viewer may or may not recognize.

The imagery and corresponding shapes contract and expand giving rhythm, movement and balance to my compositions. There is tension between positive and negative elements that have an interchangeable quality in which the various areas occupy space.

In my paintings, I incorporated diluted washes of acrylic in successive coats to give the work a sense of modeling and to suggest a field of depth. I will sometimes incorporate oil pastels to increase the modeling and depth of the image.

The drawings that I have completed repeat the same general imagery employed in my paintings. I used black paint markers to achieve the effect of visual texture by involving a hatching line technique. The lines are layered to emphasize the value from light to dark. In response to my drawings, some viewers mention that they have a sculptural quality due to the three-dimensional effect.

My goal is to convey a variety of moods, emotions, and conceptions to the spectator through the application of ink and paint to paper and canvas. The subjects of my imagery may share a similar perplexity about themselves and the relationship to the viewer. Hopefully, the viewer will bring to this experience of his or her own perceptions to enhance their reading of
my work.

Lesa’s art exhibit will be shown at the Saginaw Charter Township Hall, 4980 Shattuck Road, Saginaw, Michigan, during business hours Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., September 4 through September 28, 2018.